A city rooted in horticulture, Bloemfontein has been called the “Fountain of Flowers”, the “Blooming Fountain” and most famously, the “City of Roses”. There is an abundance of flowers, particularly roses, located here. The city also hosts an annual rose festival that attracts thousands of visitors. Held in October, this is the month the roses start to bloom. With all this beauty, take some time to stop and smell the roses, and enjoy a family picnic at one of these locations.
1. Free State National Botanical Garden
This popular garden covers 70ha, and is home to over 400 species of plants. The gardens are vibrant, colourful and carefully landscaped. With so much green space, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect picnic spot. There are also paved walkways to help you find your way around. This is the perfect place to relax on the grass under a tree, and enjoy a quiet picnic.
Price: Adult R25.00, Children R15.00
2. Soetdoring Nature Reserve
Visitors to Soetdoring Nature Reserve enjoy angling, game viewing and picnics. There are braai facilities located along the Modder River and dam. The dam also attracts many bird species, and the tree canopies growing along the river provide protection to small animals. There is an area for water sports such as fishing, boating or water-skiing. If you’re feeling wild, there is a lion park in the reserve where lions can be observed at close quarters.
Address: R700, South Africa
3. Hoffman Square
Located in the city, this is an urban retreat for picnic-goers. This local community area has grass lawns, decorative paving and benches. There is also a monument to view.
4. Kings Park Rose Garden
With 4,000 rose bushes, this park is divine in nature. Built in 1906, and opened by none other than Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, which is how the park was named. Kings Park Rose Garden is the city’s largest garden,and the focal point of Bloemfontein. The abundance of rose bushes give the area a pleasant aroma, perfect for an afternoon of relaxing with a picnic.
5. Your Own Backyard
What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote